New York Giants: 5 Keys to Win vs. Dallas Cowboys

Ryan SimonCorrespondent IIDecember 12, 2011

New York Giants: 5 Keys to Win vs. Dallas Cowboys

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    The New York Giants pulled off a ridiculous comeback against the Dallas Cowboys tonight, and they had five keys that helped them out along the way.

    Eli Manning, Brandon Jacobs (shocker) and a surprising performance from a certain unit were big keys in picking up the "W."

    There was also another player had who an amazing performance, but we'll get to that later. 

Eli Manning

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    Eli "Elite" Manning lived up to his preseason statement tonight, and led the New York Football Giants to a huge win.

    He threw for 400 yards on the dot, and added two touchdowns with only one interception.

    Before you go "oh gosh" on Eli's pick, it was a good play on the ball by Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee.

    Eli had five fourth-quarter game-winning drives going into the Cowboys game, now he has six. 

    Elite indeed. 

New York Giants Receiving Core

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    I know what I'm thankful for, and it's the New York Giants receiving core. 

    I'm thankful for Hakeem Nicks who was targeted 10 times for seven receptions and 154 yards.

    I'm thankful for Victor Cruz who was targeted nine times for seven receptions and 83 yards.

    I'm also thankful for Mario Manningham and Jake Ballard who hauled in one touchdown reception apiece.

    The 400 total yards in the air doesn't hurt either. 

Brandon Jacobs

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    Brandon Jacobs hopped in the time machine and took a couple sips from the Fountain of Youth tonight, and delivered a 100-yard outburst on the Dallas Cowboys.

    Jacobs took advantage of a New York Giants offensive line who actually showed up to play (talking about this soon) and the benching on Ahmad Bradshaw in the first half.

    I also loved the two touchdowns Jacobs managed to power his way through.

    I wasn't thrilled with his cocky touchdown celebration the first time around, but I'll take the good with the bad. 

New York Giants Offensive Line

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    The New York Giants offensive line showed up in a big way against a Dallas Cowboys in a huge road game.

    They showed improvements on the line of scrimmage, aiding in the Giants' rush attack, who picked up over 100 yards on the ground. 

    Eli Manning didn't get sacked a single time thanks to the play of this offensive line, but another player managed to pick up some sacks...

Jason Pierre-Paul

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    Jason Pierre-Paul was an absolute beast against the Dallas Cowboys.

    JPP made his presence felt the entire game, and he made sure Tony Romo knew where he was every snap. 

    The young defensive end had eight tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble and a game-winning blocked punt.


    JPP has only been in the league two years, and the sky is the limit.

The Near Misses

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    Tony Romo: A safety and an overthrown ball to Miles Austin really helped the New York Giants out.

    D.J. Ware: The two-point specialist came through again for the New York Giants when he needed the conversion to put the Giants up three. 

    Tom Coughlin: Colonel Coughlin got some heat for leaving Ahmad Bradshaw on the bench for the entire first half, but he coached his team to victory in Dallas.

    On a side note, who saw Coughlin's near-perfect timing when he iced Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey? Icing and the Dallas Cowboys doesn't work well together.